In Theaters This Week: Reviews of 'Despicable Me 2,' 'The Lone Ranger' and More

6:00 PM PST 07/02/2013 by Stephanie Chan
Universal Pictures
"Despicable Me 2"

UPDATED: What THR's critics say about the movies opening this week.

Independence Day weekend starts off in the wild, wild west.

In Disney's movie remake of the radio show The Lone Ranger, Johnny Depp plays an Indian spirit warrior Tonto who helps John Reid (Armie Hammer) recount his past of transforming from a man of law into a legend of justice. The unlikely pair must work together to fight crime and corruption in Gore Verbinski's action-packed western film.

Meanwhile, Despicable Me 2 sees Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) back in action with the minions for Universal's animated sequel. The comedy also features voice-overs by Al Pacino, Kristen Wiig and Russell Brand.

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Read what The Hollywood Reporter's film critics have to say about all the films opening this weekend and find out how they are expected to perform at the box office.

The Lone Ranger

Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer star in a revisionist adventure with franchise and theme park intentions written all over it. Read Todd McCarthy's review here.

Despicable Me 2

The sequel to the Universal hit sees Kristin Wiig join Steve Carell's Gru on a mission of Looney Tunes-style nuttiness. Read Michael Rechtshaffen's review here

The Way, Way Back

Oscar-winning writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash make their joint debut as directors in a coming-of-age tale set at an aging water park. Read John DeFore's review here.

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Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain

Kevin Hart mines his marriage's breakup for material in a new stand-up film. Read John DeFore's review here

The Look of Love

Steve Coogan plays Paul Raymond in Michael Winterbottom's biopic of the King of Soho, who made his fortune selling sex to Britain. Read David Rooney's review here.

A Girl and a Gun

Cathryne Czubek looks at the many things weapons mean to women. Read John DeFore's review here.

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

Drew DeNicola goes back to the origins of a band few discovered until decades after their demise. Read John DeFore's review here.

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